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Justice Department drops North Carolina LGBT rights lawsuit

Justice Department drops North Carolina LGBT rights lawsuit”

North Carolina's repeal of House Bill 2 led the U.S. Justice Department to drop a lawsuit accusing the state of discrimination.

On Friday, the Department of Justice filed a motion to withdraw from litigation over HB2, North Carolina's anti-LGBTQ law.

If Texas passed a bathroom bill this year, it would become the second state in the nation, after North Carolina, to do so.

This law also speaks to a larger issue, which is that the federal government has issued no protections for these citizens.

A spokeswoman for Republican Senate leader Phil Berger didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment. The bill stated, among other things, that transgender persons had to use the bathroom in government buildings that matched the sex on their birth certificate.

North Carolina Republican's proposed bill to deny same-sex marriage in complete defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling is dead on arrival. As the North Carolina General Assembly finds new and ever scarier ways to attack us and other states like Texas follow suit, the lawmakers should be prepared for our aggressive and relentless responses, and they will ultimately be on the wrong side of history.

He accused the administration of "using the fake repeal of HB 2 as cover".

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The Justice Department, which is now headed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, cited the new law in announcing its decision.

The passage of the law caused an immediate backlash and cost North Carolina hundreds of millions of dollars - including the loss of the NCAA basketball tournament.

"This is not a North Carolina issue". By regulating schools, it would also have severe consequences for LGBT students, who could not be protected from bullying.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Wednesday that North Carolina will remain on a list of banned destinations under AB 1887, a law enacted January 1 that "prohibits state-funded and state-sponsored travel to and expenditures in states with laws that discriminate against the LGBT community". The Human Rights Campaign said the new measure "institutes a statewide prohibition on equality" and called it a betrayal of the LGBT community.

She and her colleagues plan to amend their current lawsuit on behalf of transgender residents to encompass the change in law. "We don't think the courts will have any trouble seeing that, regardless of who's sitting at counsel's table". "We'll continue this fight as long as it takes to truly strike down this disastrous law for good". Her organization is challenging the law in The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. In effect, the proposal would bar cities from enacting ordinances barring anti-LGBT discrimination because Texas state law affords no protection based on sexual orientation or transgender status.

The ACLU, ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal worked on Carcano v. McCrory, a federal court challenge to HB2, for more than a year on behalf of four LGBT North Carolinians and members of the ACLU of North Carolina.



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